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Archaeologists who fell in love at the 9FU14 archaeological site

Archaeologists, who fell in love at the 9FU14 archaeological site

Sometimes words do have an affect on people. Yesterday, I heard from a couple who met while working on the 9FU14 archaeological site1 so many years ago. The site was discussed in yesterday’s book review. They are still married after all these years, so this long forgotten Native American village site must have been good karma after all. A friend forwarded them the newsletter and they have joined the People of One Fire. They said that the frame-up and sacking of Dr. Arthur Kelly, plus the attitudes of the archaeologist clique who took control afterward, so disillusioned them that they left for other careers after finishing their masters.

Just this morning I heard from David Barrow, who lives in Key West, FL. David was one of the Georgia State University archaeology students, who worked at 9FU14. I do not recall if his wife was there also. He also left archaeology, and became a professional land surveyor. Nevertheless, the newsletter inspired David and his wife.

Would you believe that this morning, David and his wife are at the Ortona Site? He emailed me for any site plans I might have. David is also interested in studying the Native American sites in the Florida Keys – the first priority would be a site at Key Largo. The Florida Keys and Lake Okeechobee region obviously would have been the first place visited by traders or refugees from the Caribbean, Mesoamerica or South America. His research will be of great benefit to many people in our group.

Hearing about love at an ancient Native American village site just makes you want to smile, doesn’t it?


  1. See: Native American History of Campbell County, Georgia 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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